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Las Vegas Restaurateur Bamboozled His Accountant Into Filing Phony Tax Returns

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Today in clients behaving badly, the DoJ announced Friday that Las Vegas restaurateur Raul Gil, who owns and operates three Casa Don Juan restaurants in the city, is headed to prison for 37 months for evading his federal income taxes.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Gil instructed his manager and internal bookkeeper to create false sales numbers for his restaurants that underreported cash sales by approximately $5.1 million. Gil then provided those falsified records to an accountant who unwittingly used them to prepare false business and personal income tax returns for those years.

Then, in July 2018, during an IRS audit, Gil directed his accountant to provide the IRS with profit and loss statements that matched the figures reported on the false tax returns. Gil also directed his manager/bookkeeper to create and provide the IRS with false daily cash and sales reports purportedly printed from the restaurants’ point-of-sale systems. During interviews with the IRS, Gil falsely stated to the revenue agent conducting the audit, and later to IRS special agents conducting a criminal investigation, that the falsified daily cash reports and point-of-sale records were accurate. In total, Gil caused a tax loss to the IRS of approximately $1.6 million.

In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon for the District of Nevada ordered Gil to serve three years of supervised release and to pay $2,228,943.65 in restitution to the United States.

Casa Don Juan has 3.8 stars on Yelp (that’s still a thing apparently) with some users reporting high prices, terrible guacamole, and frozen chicken. Someone also griped about the sign.

Well a shiny new sign would have tipped off the IRS wouldn’t it, Jeannine!

Other users rave about the atmosphere and homemade tortillas. Reviewers are torn on the existence of a photographer who roams the restaurant taking pictures and will then offer to sell you a pic.